Meet your Inner Mountain

Mt Shasta, CA, USA

Karina Safari
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29 reviews
Aug 21 - 23, 2020
Group size: 11 - 11
Meet your Inner Mountain
Mt Shasta, CA, USA

Karina Safari
  • Email address verified
  • Facebook verified
29 reviews

Aug 21 - 23, 2020
Group size: 11 - 11

About this trip

The root chakra of the Earth is widely believed to be located at Mount Shasta in Northern California.  Rising out of forests and meadows, Mount Shasta is known for its natural beauty, fresh unspoiled wilderness and powerful spiritual presence. The mystery and unexplained stories surrounding this site are endless.

Join our team on this weekend getaway to Shasta-Trinity National forest, experience the healing power of the Mighty Mount Shasta.,  hike 20+ miles on the most scenic trails of Mt. Shasta and vicinity, swim in the mountain lakes, admire beautiful McCloud waterfalls, sleep in a tent under the bright stars  - all good for your body and soul !

GLAMPING concept:

This 3-day getaway from your everyday errands , a wonderful chance to try camping and hiking without sacrificing your comforts! Professional staff will cook and serve a healthy home-style food for you, made from scratch.  If you are a newbie for camping and/or hiking,  this is a right trip for you, where you can relax and recharge!

Special climbing skills NOT required for  this trip

No climbing Mt. Shasta summit on this trip

Not a Backpacking trip:  2 nights  in tents at the same campsite making roundtrip hikes every day

Level of difficulty :  Easy (Day 1 &3 ), Moderate (Day 2)

What to bring (Personal gear/outfit):

Gear items:

- Tent

- Sleeping bag (good to have 32/45F - it might be chill)

- Sleeping pad (mat) for camping

- Duffel bag or backpack for your main luggage 

- A small backpack or camelback for day-hikes (to put water reservoir, a snack, sun block, swimming suite). 

- Head lamp (it is good to have light when your hands are free)

- Trekking poles – suggested for steep downhill trails

- Water bottle & water canister – we have possibility to get great spring water in Sacramento head waters park

- Personal Bowl, Mug, Knife, Fork, Spoon

- Small garbage bags for hiking trails (for your personal trash/leftovers)

- Sunblock (UV 50+) & lip balm

- Personal toiletries : toothpaste, toothbrush etc.

- Mosquito repellent (just in case) 

- Your personal first aid kit (your personal medicines you can’t do without). The guide will have essentials.


Hiking /Camping Outfit:

- Good sturdy high-ankled hiking boots, well-worn before the trip  (!) Please don’t bring brand new boots, try them a few times on hiking trails before the trip, to avoid blisters.

- Comfortable tennis shoes (it's good to have a change of shoes for some trails, campground etc)

- Some kind of sandals of flip flops – for non-hiking part of the day, or wearing at the campground

- Light hiking pants or bermuda-pants (shorts or yoga pants are not recommended – to prevent sunburns, possible poison oak) 

- Light long-sleeved loose shirt (protection from sun, insects)

- A change of t-shirts for hiking (preferably a quick-dry fabric, not cotton)

- Comfortable outfit for sleeping in a tent (cotton leggings, tshirt, fleece jacket)

- Thin fleece jacket / sweater

- Some light jacket – could be a windbreaker or thin sleeveless down jacket e.g. Uniqlo (for chilly evenings & mornings)

- Sunhat

- Towel (small face towel/quick-dry beach towel)

- Swim suit 

What’s included

  • Ground Transportation
    Comfortable van w/AC, gas and parking fees included
  • Private Campground
    2 nights in tents (availability of drinking water, public showers & restrooms on the campsite)
  • Assistance
    Professional guide & driver, expert of the region (Russian-English speaking)
  • Catering staff
    Professional Holistic Chef and catering assistant
  • All healthy Meals
    3 breakfasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 bbq dinners
  • Team briefing
    All arrangements
  • First aid kit
  • Your own camping gear
    Tent, sleeping bag, camping mat etc
  • Alcohol
    you can bring your own


Day 1. Friday
Arrival. Hiking to Heart Lake from Castle Lake

Morning departure from Bay Area (pick-up time and locations will be confirmed a few days before departure). Drive 4-5h to the private campground at the Lake Siskuyu on a rented 12-seater comfortable van. 

On arrival to the campsite a healthy picnic-lunch will be waiting for you served by our Professional Chef. Drive to the trailhead, hike from Castle Lake to Heart Lake 

(Distance: ~5.0 miles, Difficulty: Moderate).  This trail goes between two lakes, followed by an uphill hike to the viewpoint to see the panoramic view over the lakes, Mt. Shasta, Shastina and other iconic sites of the region. 

Time for swimming in Castle Lake or/and Heart Lake.  

Back to campground, where the hot bbq dinner will be waiting for you. 

Reunite at the bonfire with your new girlfriends.

Overnight in the tents.

*We will stay 2 nights at the same campsite

Included meals:

Picnic Lunch

Hot dinner

Your Organizer

Karina Safari
29 reviews
Professional adventure travel organizer and team leader since 2006. Originally from Moscow, Russia. Lived and worked as a tour guide and destination expert in South American countries (Ecuador and Colombia) in 2009-2012. Moved to the U.S. in 2012. Resident of San Francisco bay area. Founder of Safarika Adventure Club, CA since 2013 (CST # 2112795-40). Join our tribe of active travelers! Experience epic bucket list destinations and world best trails you have only dreamed of in our unbeatable team adventures to South America and beyond


It was my second hiking adventure organized by Karina (the first one was to Patagonia). Everything was awesome: hikes, guides, lodging, transportation, schedule. I'm sure I would not be able to pack as many activities in 1 week if I planned the trip myself. Above all, Karina assembled an amazing group of people who made the time extremely enjoyable. I'm sure I'll be back for another trip.
By Grigory L for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 19 Jul, 2021
I've heard of Karina's adventure traveling company from many of my friends who had a fantastic experience! I wanted to give it a try and wasn't disappointed. The trip was planned and organized very well, and as one of my friends said after reading Karina's bio " you will be fine, your guide looks legit " . ;) We have seen great nature, challenged ourselves daily, and at the end of the day ate great local food in a company of new friends. This trip combined it all for me! It's very important to have a professional leading the pack and Karina is indeed that. She is also very much of a peoples' person and makes you feel at home. I valued her input and enjoyed our many talks on this trip. We also had a second leader on the tour with whom she cooperated, Alex Mironyuk , who is an experienced adventurer, fantastic photographer and last but not least, a very fun guy. Kudos to Karina's leadership for putting together a great group and making all of us feel safe and welcome. I look forward to going on more trips with her!
By Alona K for Alaska Hiking Adventure: Glaciers, Icebergs & Fjords on 17 Jul, 2021
We had a great time. Wonderful people. Thank you for a fantastic experience!
By Yulia V for Meet your Inner Mountain (Retreat Lodging) on 22 Jun, 2021
It was a great trip -again!!! Wonderful trails, people, accommodations and everything was will organized and thoughtful. Highly recommend! Thank you Katya and Karina!
By Natasha K for Best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton Hiking trip on 09 Jun, 2021
This was truly amazing experience! I was a part of a small group of 8 experienced hikers, and Katya have taken us to the beautiful trails that were not crowded but with fantastic views and terrains. The sleeping accommodations were comfortable and we had the most delicious food and wine experiences! I highly recommend this company to anyone who loves hiking in nature! Thank you!
By Natasha K for Utah Away from Crowds: Hiking Zion & Escalante NP on 04 May, 2021
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One of the best trips I've done! I am mainly either a solo traveler or prefer to go with my family But 4 days hiking trip to Montana Glacier NP has changed my preferences :) Thank you very much, it's been a pleasure and FUN Met so many interesting intelligent people, would highly recommend if you enjoy active vacations
By Yelena M on 10 Sep, 2020
I traveled with Karina to Patagonia in 2020 and it was awesome! Perfect planning & organization throughout the trip, including dealing with the unexpected (e.g. lost luggage). I really liked other folks in the group and made several new friends in this trip. I highly recommend Karina's trips to casual and semi-serious hikers, and plan to be a return customer myself.
By Grigory L on 14 Mar, 2020
Thank you, Karina, for a wonderful first time experience of active adventure trip! Everything is well thought and organized. Would recommend to anyone!
By Aizhan T on 20 Jun, 2019

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